Tallahassee Man on Trial Receives Verdict


A Tallahassee man has just been convicted on federal hate crime charges for ramming his truck into a mosque.

A jury deliberated four hours before making its decision Charles Franklin sat fiddling with his tie as attorneys made their final arguments Thursday morning.

Franklin's attorney tried to convince the jury that the federal hate crime statute did not apply in this case, saying Franklin targeted Muslims, not Arabs, and religion is not included in the hate crime
Statute. But prosecutors countered with Franklin’s own words, in which he told investigators he was, "pissed off at Arabs" and said they have no cause.

The jury deliberated for four hours, going in at 11 a.m. and coming back at 3 p.m. Franklin sat expressionless as the verdict was read and gave his family a thumbs up as he was taken away.

Franklin faces up to 20 years in prison. His lawyer says he is likely to appeal.